Biography of James Fraser Gluck


Gluck, James Fraser, Buffalo. was born in Niagara Falls, N. Y., April 28, 1852, and received his education in the common schools, the Upper Canada College at Toronto and Cornell University, from which he was graduated in 1874 at the head of his class. After editing the. Niagara Falls Register for a few months he began the study of law in the office of Lansing & Willett in Buffalo. Soon after his admission to the bar in 1876 he entered into partnership with Hon. A. P. Laning and Hon. Daniel McMillan. After Mr. Laning's death in 1881 George C. Greene joined the surviving partners, the firm becoming Greene, McMillan & Gluck. In the spring of 1888 Mr. Greene retired and Charles A. Pooley was admitted, the firm becoming McMillan, Gluck & Pooley. Later Ganson Depew was admitted, the firm becoming McMillan, Gluck, Pooley & Depew. Mr. Gluck was without a superior as a trial lawyer in railroad cases, and in recognition of his abilities, when the Buffalo Law School was organized he was chosen to fill the chair of the Law of Corporations. He was a steadfast and enthusiastic Republican, organized and was chosen president of the Central Republican Club in 1884, and delivered political addresses in the leading cities with distinguished success. Mr. Gluck's reputation as a vigorous writer and polished orator led to many invitations to deliver public addresses. Among achievements in this field may be mentioned a discussion of "The Scholar in Politics" before the Cornell Alumni in 1877: and oration on "The Power and influence of Music" delivered at the laying of the corner stone of the New Music Hall; and addresses at the commencements of the University of Buffalo, the Buffalo Female Academy, and the Training School for Nurses. He was a trustee of Cornell University, and one of his first services in this capacity was an investigation of the causes of the struggle between the alumni and the board of trustees, and his report thereon was termed by President Elliot of Harvard the most scholarly report made by a college man, not a professor, he had ever seen. He was influential in establishing the school of philosophy at Cornell. Through Mr. Gluck's influence the system of scholarships was also established whereby poor and meritorious students received university aid for four years to the amount of $250 a year. At the time of his death he was president of the Grosvenor Library and a director of the Buffalo Library. While curator of the Buffalo Library. Mr. Gluck made a collection of manuscripts, autograph letters of famous men, historical documents of value and rare books; and just before the close of his term of office he surprised the trustees of the library by presenting to them for the institution what many deemed the most valuable collection of the kind in the country. His private library was probably the largest private library in the city, and distinctively rich in history, philosophy, science and the classics. His knowledge of books and literature was profound and covered a wide range. He went to Europe in the fall of 1897 and on his return died, after a brief illness, at the Murray Hill Hotel in New York city December 15, 1897. He was married in 1877 to Miss Effie D. Tyler, daughter of Rev. Charles Tyler, pastor of the Congregational church at Ithaca and now one of the professors in Cornell University. The widow and two children, Berkley Sinclair and Margaret, survive.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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